September 11, 2014

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl Oestreich

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KARE 11 Investigates: High school football helmet safety

How the football helmets your school uses measure up…A recent study from a neurology professor at Florida State University found Virginia Tech's 'not recommended' helmet was actually the best atKARE-11 TV, Minneapolis-St. Paul preventing concussions and a University of Wisconsin study found no difference among helmets. So is the helmet enough? "When I think about concussion, it's not just about the equipment although that's very important," says Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Michael Stuart who is leading new football research at Mayo Clinic.

Reach: KARE is a an NBC affiliate in the Minneapolis-St.Paul market.

Additional helmet/safety coverage: MPR

Context:  Michael Stuart, M.D. is co-director, Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center.

Public Affairs Contact: Bryan Anderson


Dallas Morning News
Methodist becomes the first Texas member of Mayo’s Care Network
By Gary Jacobson

Operating for a century and a half, the Mayo Clinic is probably the strongest health care provider brand in the country. Last year, about 4,500 Texans, including 1,000 patients from the Dallas area, went to Dallas Morning News logoMayo for treatment, said Stephen Mansfield, CEO of Dallas-based Methodist Health System…“This is not an acquisition or a merger,” Mansfield said at a news conference formally announcing the alliance. “It’s a clinical collaboration.” Mansfield and David Hayes, medical director of Mayo’s Care Network, said the alliance allows Methodist physicians to consult with Mayo specialists and share treatment protocols and other best practices as they collaborate on patient care.

Reach: Dallas Morning News has a daily circulation of more than 257,000 and more than 1.4 million unique visitors to its website each month.

Additional Coverage: Dallas Regional Chamber blog, Becker’s Hospital Review, Dallas Business Journal, News Medical, D Healthcare Magazine, Biz Beat Blog, KDFW Dallas, KTVT Dallas

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Dallas Morning News, Big-name hospitals, retailers, clinics collaborate for cost control by Gary Jacobson, Never has more change come more rapidly to the health care industry. In North Texas, not-for-profit providers are collaborating with retailers on walk-in clinics at neighborhood drugstores and aligning with elite national providers. This week, Dallas-based Methodist Health System said it was becoming part of the Mayo Clinic’s nationwide Care Network. Similarly, Baylor Scott & White Health is working on an agreement to become part of the Cleveland Clinic’s national cardiology network.  Additional coverage: Post-Bulletin

Context: Mayo Clinic and Methodist Health System (Methodist) officials announced Sept. 9 that Methodist has joined the Mayo Clinic Care Network. Methodist, one of North Texas’ oldest nonprofit health systems, was selected following a comprehensive evaluation that ranged from its clinical and business practices to quality, safety and service efforts and patient satisfaction. More information about the announcement can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contact: Bryan Anderson


Star Tribune
At Apple's product unveiling, Mayo takes a big role
By Evan Ramstad

When Apple Inc. unveils new products Tuesday, one of the tech industry’s most anticipated events of the year, it will have Mayo Clinic at its side to encourage people to use smartphones, and possibly aStar Tribune Business section logo smartwatch, to monitor health. The combination of Rochester-based Mayo, one of the best-known names in health care, and Apple could be a major boost to the practice of routinely tracking health conditions and fitness performance.

Reach: The Star Tribune Sunday circulation is 518,745 copies and weekday circulation is 300,277. The Star Tribune is the state’s largest newspaper and ranks 16th nationally in circulation.

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KARE11, Apple's big reveal has Minnesota connection, The Mayo Clinic has found a new high-tech partner in Apple. On Tuesday, the tech giant introduced the new iPhone 6, which will come in two sizes that are both bigger than the current iPhone 5. The much anticipated Apple Watch was also introduced with a starting price of $349. With the announcement, we learned the Mayo Clinic has been working for two years to help develop software called HealthKit for the new devices…"By interacting with patients and their data at an earlier stage in their state of wellness or their state of illness, you can effect change so those patients potentially wouldn't have to present to the emergency department," said Mayo Clinic Dr. John Wald.

Modern Healthcare, Mayo eyes Apple collaboration to expand consumer outreach by Darius Tahir, The Mayo Clinic has decided to be involved with Apple as it rolls out its new iWatch Tuesday because it hopes the iWatch, along with Apple's HealthKit app, will allow it to better reach patients remotely.  Another major provider, Memorial Sloan-Kettering in New York, also reportedly an Apple partner, did not respond to requests for comment on its plans.

More coverage on Apple/Mayo:  NY Times, Star Tribune, ABC News, Forbes, AppAdvice, Geeky Gadgets, Good Morning America!, Tech 2, 9to5Mac,, Gadgest.esKAAL, Modern Healthcare, BringMeTheNews, Houston Chronicle, KTTC, WCCO, Apple Insider,The Advisory,, Post-Bulletin, Hospitals & Health Networks,, Bloomberg

Context: During the keynote address at the Worldwide Developers Conference 2014Apple, Inc., unveiled HealthKit, a digital repository for various types of health-fitness related data. Apple highlighted HealthKit through a new Mayo Clinic app under development that would offer users a more personalized experience and make their health data more actionable in supporting healthier lifestyles. More information can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contact: Bryan Anderson


Mayo Clinic Partners With IBM's Watson
By Brianna Long

…For someone who has been a winner on Jeopardy and is featured at conferences nationwide, their resume must be pretty impressive. But in this case, it's not a someone at all, but rather a something. KAAL TV logoWatson is IBM's super-computer, and now, it got a new job at Mayo Clinic…"The clinical trials matching solution, that we're working with IBM on, based on the Watson technology, does would be to accelerate and streamline that, so that it will automatically show up on my computer, when I see a patient, which trials this patient might be eligible for," said Dr. Nick LaRusso, the Mayo physician who is the lead on the Watson collaboration.

Reach:  KAAL is owned by Hubbard Broadcasting Inc., which owns all ABC Affiliates in Minnesota including KSTP in Minneapolis-St. Paul and WDIO in Duluth. KAAL, which operates from Austin, also has ABC satellite stations in Alexandria and Redwood Falls. KAAL serves Southeast Minnesota and Northeast Iowa.

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Star Tribune, Mayo Clinic partners with IBM's Watson computer for matching patients, clinical trials by AP, The Mayo Clinic is partnering with IBM and its Watson supercomputer to pair cancer patients with the right clinical trials. The Rochester clinic announced Monday it's working with the Armonk, N.Y.-based computing company on trial matching starting in 2015. The Watson cognitive computing system will sort through 8,000 Mayo studies and approximately 170,000 ongoing studies worldwide to match patients. Watson rose to fame by defeating a pair of "Jeopardy!" champions in 2011. Dr. Nicholas LaRusso of Mayo is leading the collaboration and says Watson could "transform" how health care is delivered. He says the program could significantly increase the number of patients who enroll in trials, as well as the accuracy of the matching.

KTTC, Washington Post, Modern Healthcare, Post-Bulletin, HealthcareDIVE, WCCO, News Observer, CNN MoneyPolitico, MobiHealthNews, A Smarter Planet Blog, The Scientist, Vida en el Valle, KTTC

Context: Mayo Clinic and IBM announced plans this week to pilot Watson, the IBM cognitive computer, to match patients more quickly with appropriate clinical trials, beginning with research studies in cancer. A proof-of-concept phase is currently underway. “In an area like cancer —where time is of the essence — the speed and accuracy that Watson offers will allow us to develop an individualized treatment plan more efficiently so we can deliver exactly the care that the patient needs,” says Steven Alberts, M.D., chair of medical oncology at Mayo Clinic. More information about the announcement can be found on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Public Affairs Contact: Bob Nellis

More Mayo Clinic news coverage:

Modern Healthcare, Reform Update: UnitedHealth's Optum Labs adds universities, insurer and Merck by Melanie Evans, The research and development laboratory launched by UnitedHealth Group and the Mayo Clinic to capitalize on healthcare's data profusion and healthcare reform expanded again this week, adding two prominent universities, a Minnesota health plan and pharmaceutical giant Merck.

Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal, Medica joins UnitedHealth/Mayo big-data venture by Katharine Grayson, Health insurer Medica's research arm will join Optum Labs, the big-data venture launched by Mayo Clinic and UnitedHealth Group Inc. Medica Research Institute, based in Minnetonka, was one of four new partners Optum Labs announced Tuesday. The others are Harvard Medical School Department of Health Care Policy, pharma giant Merck and University of Maryland-Baltimore.

Times of Malta, Maltese doctor is vice president and CEO of Mayo Clinic in Florida, The Mayo Clinic board of trustees has named Gianrico Farrugia vice president and CEO of its campus in Jacksonville, Florida. Dr Farrugia is a professor of medicine as well as physiology and biomedical engineering. He has been with Mayo Clinic for over 26 years as a physician in the divisions of gastroenterology and hepatology as well as physiology and biomedical engineering at the clinic’s campus in Rochester, Minnesota.

TED Ed, Why do we pass gas? - Purna Kashyap, Gastroenterology, Mayo Clinic, Flatulence is a daily phenomenon. In fact, most human beings pass gas 10-20 times a day (yes, that includes you). Where does your bodily gas come from? Purna Kashyap takes us on a journey into the intestines, shedding light on how gas is made, which foods contribute most to its production...and why it stinks.

Forbes, 5 Leadership Lessons From The Mormon Tabernacle Choir by Rodger Dean Duncan, If you’re like many business leaders, you feel the pressure to produce measurable results. But what if you had to do it in a conspicuously public way? And on a relentless schedule that never, ever, accommodates pesky little things like holidays or other forms of time out?...Unified focus on core principles and practices is seen in a range of environments, from the world class medical care provided by Mayo Clinic to customer-centric cultures at Disney and Southwest Airlines to the unrelenting emphasis on safety at nuclear power stations. Harmony can take many forms.

MPR, Dr. Lisa Sanders explains complexities of diagnosing patients, Dr. Lisa Sanders writes about one of the most important - and difficult -- things that a doctor does: Diagnose patients. She is one of many leading doctors and health care experts in Rochester this week as part of the Mayo Clinic's Transform 2014 symposium.

MPR, Doctor relates health to choice, To Dr. David Katz, there's not much mystery behind the cause of major diseases that, as he puts it, "are taking years from life and life from years." It's our lifestyle.…Katz is one of several leading doctors and health-care experts in Rochester, Minn., this week to speak at the Mayo Clinic's Transform 2014 Symposium. He'll speak with Tom Weber about what we know — and don't know — about nutrition, exercise and how to stay well.

KARE11, Minn. hospitals seeing surge in respiratory illnesses by Blake McCoy, Several children's hospitals across the state are reporting a surge in respiratory illnesses as concern grows over enterovirus 68. "A lot more kids are getting sick with the same symptoms all at the same time," says Patsy Stinchfield, infectious disease director at Children's Hospitals and Clinics…Stinchfield says 30% of children at their Minneapolis and St. Paul hospitals are being treated in isolation. Other hospitals reporting a surge in respiratory illnesses are Mayo Clinic Children's Hospital in Rochester and the University of Minnesota Children's Hospital in Minneapolis.

KAAL,Local Girl Undergoing Tests for Contagious Respiratory Virus by Hannah Tran, When Tabetha Knutson walked into the living room to watch her 9-month-year-old daughter Arayah play, it was a scene no parent wants to see. "She then turned purple and blue and was not breathing," said Knutson…"It's a particular kind of Enterovirus called Enterovirus D-68," said Mayo Clinic’s Infectious Diseases Specialist Charles Huskins. It peaks during this time of year, but there's been an unusually large number of kids who are developing the illness. "The illness appears to affect children of various ages and often includes cough and difficulty breathing," said Dr. Huskins.

WEAU Eau Claire, Enterovirus not yet found in Wisconsin…Mayo Clinic Health System said it's been keeping an eye out for respiratory illnesses that come in. Gundersen Health System said it thinks it will need to start preparing for an influx of patients…“It will probably come to Wisconsin so the big thing is that we all work together as a medical community and making sure that we're ready and that we're aware,” said Mayo Clinic Health System infectious diseases R.N. Traci Kokke.

Waseca County News, Tips to prevent enterovirus D68 from Mayo Clinic Health System…“This virus has many of the same symptoms as the common cold, including nasal congestion, sneezing, coughing, and feeling achy and fatigued,” says Shabbir Khambaty, M.D., Mayo Clinic Health System pediatrician. “However, enterovirus D68 can produce additional, more severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing and wheezing.”

KAAL, Local Officials Monitor Spread of Respiratory Virus by Steph Crock, More than a thousand kids have gotten sick, many have ended up in intensive care units with a virus that's spreading across the country…n just one hospital in Colorado, 900 patients rushed in with similar symptoms. "Some have been hospitalized to be observed and a few patients have required respiratory support, such as brief periods on a ventilator, but those are still the vast minority compared to the number of cases," said Mayo Clinic Doctor, Paul Boesch. Additional coverage: KTTC

Daily Mail UK, Gaining just FIVE pounds around your stomach increases your blood pressure, study finds by Lizzie Parry, Gaining just a small amount of weight can put people at risk of raised blood pressure, a new study has found. Researchers found people who put on just five pounds saw their blood pressure rise. Many people are aware of the health implications of being severely overweight or obese, but scientists at the Mayo Clinic in the U.S. wanted to see the impact of small weight gain of five to 11 pounds. Lead author Dr Naima Covassin, said: 'To our knowledge, for the first time, we showed that the blood pressure increase was specifically related to increases in abdominal visceral fat, which is the fat inside the abdomen. Additional coverage: Medical Xpress, HealthDay, WebMD, NewsMax Health, Philadelphia Inquirer,, Telegraph UK, Healthline

Florida Times-UnionFDA OKs melanoma drug tested at Mayo Clinic; doctors laud positive results, by Meredith Rutland, …The drug Keytruda, also called pembrolizumab, was tested at the Mayo Clinic and other facilities during initial testing stages before receiving approval from the FDA. The drug helps patients’ immune systems fight off skin cancer tumors, which typically trick the immune system into thinking the patient isn’t sick, said Dr. Richard Joseph, a Mayo Clinic oncologist. The drug has produced a “phenomenal response” in about 25 percent of patients who do not respond to other medications.

Reuters, E.coli kills two girls in U.S. Pacific Northwest, boy hospitalized by Victoria Cavaliere, Two young girls have died and a boy was hospitalized in critical condition in the Pacific Northwest on Wednesday after becoming infected with E.coli in two separate incidents, health officials said…Profitt died on Monday from a form of kidney failure called hemolytic-uremic syndrome, or HUS, which can develop in young children or the elderly after exposure to certain extremely dangerous forms of E.coli, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Health, 11 ways to stop overeating after your workout by Amanda MacMillian, You must have sweated off hundreds of calories during that Spin class, so it's totally okay to indulge in a bowl of ice cream when you get home—right? Not so fast. Research shows that people tend to reward themselves with rich foods and large portions after exercising, and that they often eat back all of (if not more than) the calories they just burned. There's nothing wrong with small snack or a filling dinner after exercising, says Emily Brown, RD, a wellness dietitian at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. and former professional runner. Additional coverage: FOX News, Yahoo!

Chicago Tribune, Medical Edge: Effective treatment for knee bursitis depends on underlying cause by Henry Clarke, M.D., Orthopedics, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, Ariz., DEAR MAYO CLINIC: What's the most effective way to treat knee bursitis? I've had it for months and the pain is worsening, but I've heard that even after treatment it can come back. Is there a way to prevent it in the future?

Chicago Tribune, Medical Edge: Endometrial ablation generally a safe, low-risk procedure by Stephanie Faubion, M.D., Women's Health Clinic, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I'm 37 years old. Over the past 18 months, my periods have become extremely heavy. I've gone through an evaluation, and my doctor recommends an endometrial ablation. What does this procedure involve? Will I still have a period every month afterward? What are the risks of endometrial ablation?

Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic, Delos to establish new research and design lab by Jeff Hansel, Mayo Clinic and Delos have announced plans to establish the WELL Living Lab Rochester — a design and testing facility for the development of home and work environments focused on health and well-being. "An open-innovation ecosystem for healthy living, the WELL Living Lab will simulate realistic living and working environments, including homes, offices, schools, communities and hotels in order to test, monitor and identify the efficacy of wellness-based interventions," says an announcement from Mayo. Additional coverage: Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal

HealthDay, Injected Substance Used With CT Scans Seems Safe for Kidneys: Study, An injected iodine-based substance often used to enhance the images produced by CT scans is safe for most patients, a new study reveals. The so-called contrast material is used in at least half of the 80 million or more CT scans performed in the United States each year, according to study author Dr. Robert McDonald, a radiology resident at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

The Leader, Blooming Prairie clinic set to reopen next week by Ashley Stewart, Nearly two months after announcing that the Blooming Prairie clinic would reopen later this summer, Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin and Owatonna have set a date. The clinic will open on Tuesday, Sept. 16. “We are very excited to be able to collaborate between the Owatonna and Austin campuses to reopen the Blooming Prairie clinic,” said Dr. Brian Bunkers, CEO and president at Mayo Clinic Health System in Owatonna and Faribault.

KAAL, Blooming Prairie Health Clinic Back in Business by Jenna Lohse…For the last year, Blooming Prairie officials and Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin and Owatonna have joined forces to reopen the clinic in town. "It's really exciting,” said Mark Brown with Mayo Clinic Health System in Owatonna. He says the closing of the clinic last fall was due to a staffing shortage and was always meant to be temporary. "Staffing in our clinics can be difficult at time and we have to take a look at our resources and in the past we had to redirect some of our resources to meet the needs in some of our larger areas,” he said. Additional coverage: Albert Lea Tribune

KIMT, Mayo Clinic nurses of WWII by Emily Boster, Rochester folks gathered from all over the area to hear some stories told from women who served their country proudly.  It was about the Mayo Clinic nurses in WWII. Rose Bayuk knew the day Pearl Harbor was attacked, that she had to do something to help…Katharine Bilodeau, is a volunteer for the History Center of Olmsted County, and helped transcribe letters written from Dr. Charles Mayo, sharing his experiences while working in New Guinea and the Philippines during the war.

Durango Herald, Stan the marathon man, It’s not stretching the truth to say that Stan Rabbe has run around the world. He’s run marathons on each continent – yes, even Antarctica – and the retired teacher has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and trekked to Mount Everest’s base camp…Rabbe, now 64, was diagnosed in 2011 with frontal temporal dementia…Rabbe was 59 when he first was found to have “mild cognitive impairment” during a full workup at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona. Further tests found dementia, and he was cautioned not to drive. “It just turns your whole world upside-down,” Lutz said., Mayo Clinic: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know by Tucker Cummings, 1. The Mayo Clinic Has Worked With Apple for 2 Years…2. The Mayo Clinic Started as a Family Practice…3. The Mayo Clinic Has Treated Celebs & Royalty…4. The Impact of HealthKit Is ‘Not Hyperbole’…5. The Mayo Clinic Celebrates 150 Years of Service in 2014.

American News Report, Pills for Breakfast: Extra Mayo and a Diagnosis by Crystal Lindell, I went back to the Mayo Clinic for a second round of appointments, tests and anxiety last weekend… Through the magic of the Internet, I met an amazing young woman who also deals with chronic pain and actually works at the Mayo Clinic. Not only that, but her dad is a doctor there, and as crazy as it sounds, he actually specializes in chronic pain patients. She suggested I try one more time and she even helped me book an appointment with him… Which leaves me with the one place people can go when they have chronic pain and no easy fix — the Mayo’s three-week Pain Rehabilitation Clinic.

Vox, What we know (and don't know) about a rare virus infecting kids across the US by Julia Belluz,A rare virus — enterovirus D68 — is infecting children across the Midwest and West and sending them to hospitals with severe respiratory infections and breathing problems...Dr. Pritish Tosh, an infectious diseases physician-researcher at the Mayo Clinic, added: "When dealing with respiratory illnesses in young people, they can be severe and result in hospitalizations and the requirement of intensive care. And it looks as through this strain of the virus is causing infections in children severe enough to get them admitted to the hospital."

Post-Bulletin, 600 at symposium seek continued transformation of health care by Jeff Hansel, Plenty of ideas for changing U.S. health care were aired Sunday at the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation Transform 2014 symposium, which continues today. They included more openness from providers about price and a focus on retail health care that makes it easier for patients to access care. Additional coverage: Post-Bulletin

Post-Bulletin, Mayo Clinic celebrates 100 years of cardiovascular service by Jeff Hansel, One of the most-diverse collections of cardiovascular expertise — and memorabilia — was on display during at a formal gathering Saturday. Mayo Clinic hosted hundreds of the nation's top experts in cardiovascular health and research as its cardiovascular services division celebrated its 100-year anniversary. The celebration dates back to the first Mayo electrocardiogram, said Dr. Chet Rihal, current chairman of Mayo cardiovascular services.

Senior Voice America, Do Enzyme Supplements Work & Can You Retire Ever? Do enzyme supplements work? Can they cure or stop cancer from occurring? The Mayo Clinic joins us tonight to discuss the pros and cons of enzyme supplements. Dr. Brent Bauer is a guest on the show.

Florida Times-Union, Face of the Heart Walk: Jacksonville girl, 10, has a pacemaker but still plays softball by Beth Cravey,…An estimated 18,000 people are expected to participate in the non-competitive, 3.6-mile walk sponsored by the Mayo Clinic, FIS, Florida Blue and the Jacksonville Jaguars. Every year, event organizers select an ambassador of sorts, a survivor to inspire support for the cause. Ty’Meisha was born Jan. 7, 2004, with a slow heart rate and a complete congenital heart blockage. At five days old, she underwent surgery to implant her first pacemaker, a small device placed in her chest or abdomen that uses electrical impulses to help control abnormal heart rhythms.

Physician Magazine, There’s an APP for That!...Resolution MD, which is cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, gives doctors instant access to radiology diagnostic images and reports from mobile devices. The app is being used by neurologists at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix for remote consultations. In 2012, a study at the Mayo Clinic found that radiologists using the app vs. a traditional PACS workstation were able to access CT scans of stroke victims 24% faster, according to Calgary Scientific, which developed the app.

Fierce Medical Devices, First Dx for kidney failure approved by FDA by Varun Saxena…"The availability of biomarkers for AKI risk assessment can play a pivotal role in evolving practice from a 'wait and see' era to a 'let's prevent and treat it' domain," said Dr. Kianoush Kashani of the Mayo Clinic in a statement. "Clinicians will be able to integrate the test with clinical information to improve decision-making, which aligns with the goal of offering better preventive care and earlier action."

Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal, Without moving an inch, Mayo taps an overseas market: China by Mark Reilly,The Mayo Clinic is benefiting from a new wave in medical tourism — increasingly wealthy Chinese patients coming to the United States to seek treatment for serious medical conditions. The Wall Street Journal, in a broader report on the trend, said that the Rochester, Minn.-based hospital has seen its number of Chinese patients more than double over the past year. Additional coverage:  Post-Bulletin

ASU, ASU students talk health care transformation at Mayo Clinic's Transform 2014, This week, students from Arizona State University traveled to Rochester, Minnesota, to participate in Transform 2014, a conference dedicated to sharing ideas on redesigning the way health and health care are experienced and delivered. Transform is a collaborative symposium hosted by Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation that brings together thought-leaders from around the country to share ideas and best practices on how to fast-track transformation in health and health care amid a rapidly changing environment.

Forbes, Mayo Clinic Turns To IBM'S Watson To Match Cancer Patients With Clinical Trials by Zina Moukheiber, At its annual Transform symposium in Rochester Minn., Mayo Clinic unveiled today a partnership with IBM, which seeks to harness the power of its Watson supercomputer to match patients with the right clinical trials. Starting early next year, Watson will initially enroll patients with breast, colorectal and lung cancers based on eligibility.

KAAL, New Ideas from Healthcare Experts Worldwide Discussed in Rochester Today by Hannah Tran, Mayo Clinic hosted its 7th Transform Symposium on Sunday, which brought in new ideas from highly respected and renowned business leaders, researchers, politicians, and authors for change in patient experience…"The Center of Innovation transforms the way people experience health," said the center’s Medical Director Douglas Wood. "What we need to transform is the way we do medical research," said U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar. Additional coverage: KTTC

Wall Street Journal, Desperate Chinese Seek Medical Care Abroad by Fanfan Wang…The Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minn., said the number of ts patients from China has more than doubled over the past year. It now has a Web page in Chinese and has put interpreters on staff. "China, probably of all countries, is the one where we see the greatest growth right now," said Mikel Prieto, the medical director of the Mayo Clinic's international office. He declined to provide specific figures.

Wall Street Journal,A Fast-Growing Medical Lab Tests Anti-Kickback Law by John Carreyrou,A fast-growing Virginia laboratory has collected hundreds of millions of dollars from Medicare while using a strategy that is now under regulatory scrutiny: It paid doctors who sent it patients' blood for testing. Health Diagnostic Laboratory Inc. transformed itself from a startup incorporated in late 2008 into a major lab with $383 million in 2013 revenues, 41% of that from Medicare. …Prescribing the Plavix test routinely to patients "is not something we would endorse," says Allan Jaffe, a Mayo Clinic cardiologist. It is appropriate only for patients with blood-clot risk whom doctors want to treat with the drug, he says.

KNXV Arizona, Mayo Clinic Hospital Standing up to Cancer, Several nights ago it was orange to fight childhood cancer, but now the colors are orange, red, and yellow at the Mayo Clinic to stand up to cancer as you might have seen the fundraising earlier tonight.

KTTC, Rochester woman stands up to cancer by Nicole Goodrich, So many of us have had cancer touch our lives, but so few of us take that experience and use our lives to make a difference for thousands. That's exactly what one Rochester woman is doing. Sometimes in life's most terrifying moments, a friendly voice on the phone can be the first step to hope. For the thousands who call the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center every year, that voice belongs to Toni Kay Mangskau.

WFMX Fla., Health Beat: Health disparities in America by Melanie Falcon…Dr. Mary O’Connor, orthopedic surgeon for the Mayo Clinic in Florida, said doctors often treat women like Lauren differently than men. "The term I like to use is, I'm not sure that a woman's voice is always heard as clearly," O'Connor said.

Harper’s Bazaar, Is Your Desk Job Harming Your Health? By Nicole Catanese, It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand how calorie-burning works. When you move you’re using fuel (aka calories). And when you’re sitting at your computer, you’re not. But new research has revealed alarming evidence that countless hours spent slumped in your office desk chair (albeit ergonomically correct) can have profound physiological effects on your body, wreaking havoc far beyond the simple calories-in, calories-out equation. “Your body isn’t built to sit,” says James Levine, an endocrinologist at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, and a leading advocate of the treadmill desk. Additional coverage: Active Times

KAAL, First Mayo Clinic Filipino Nurses Reunite After More than 40 Years, It started out as a reunion of fifteen and it grew to more than fifty. Mayo Clinic's first Filipino nurses flew into Rochester from all over the world. The first reunion of foreign nurses took place at the Clarion Inn near downtown Rochester. The Filipino nurses were among the first people to come and work through an exchange program in the 1970s…Letty Maralit, a long-time Filipino Mayo Clinic nurse say that nurses from several countries responded to Mayo Clinic's call for nurses, "And so we responded from different parts of the Philippines, not only the Philippines, but also China, Japan, Australia, India, Pakistan, all responded to this call".

Modern Healthcare, Streamlined doc-licensing process offered to states by Andis Robeznieks, In a move seen as facilitating the growth of telemedicine and speeding increased healthcare access to residents in rural areas, the Federation of State Medical Boards has released model legislation (PDF) that could be used to create a multistate agreement, or “compact” system, under which physicians who are licensed in one state can use a streamlined process to be quickly licensed in another.…Bohnenblust, noting that Wyoming has some 3,000 licensed doctors but only 1,200 live in the state, said that participation in the compact could go in two directions. He said Wyoming would be importers of telemedicine services while states such as Minnesota or Ohio—through institutions such as the Mayo Clinic or the Cleveland Clinic—would be exporters.

NY Times, Success of Apple’s iWatch May Rely on Health Care Partnerships…Mr. Bajarin of Creative Strategies believes Apple has been quietly working with many partners in the health industry to prepare for its health-monitoring watch. This year, when Apple introduced its new health-tracking tool kit, the company said it had been working closely with the Mayo Clinic and Epic Systems, a health care software company. Additional coverage: Wall Street Journal

Star Tribune, The changing face of high tech in Minnesota by Evan Ramstad…The scope of Minnesota’s high-tech scene is visible in two events this week. In Rochester, Mayo Clinic is hosting its annual conference on health technology, drawing executives from some of the biggest tech companies around the world. Separately on Tuesday, it will play a role in the one of the biggest events of the year in high-tech anywhere — the unveiling by Apple Inc. of new products, including a health-related app created by Mayo’s Rochester-based programmers.

Pioneer Press, He's the heart. She's the legs. This year, that's not quite enough. By Molly Guthrey, "I'm the legs," Niki Ronnan said. "I'm the heart," her brother, Mike Ewaldt, said. Team Heart is known in road race circles as a "duo" -- an able-bodied person who pushes a disabled person in a customized racing chair. The team wants to participate in the 2014 Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon next month -- together -- but Ronnan doesn't run fast enough to qualify pushing a wheelchair…In 2012, though, one race director said yes. Others followed. In 2013, Team Heart reached out to the Mankato Marathon, which is presented by Mayo Clinic Health System.

Becker’s Hospital Review, 31 hospital, health system layoffs affecting 100+ employees in 2014 by Tamara Rosin…14. Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., cut 188 medical transcriptionist jobs in Wisconsin in June. Mayo Clinic said the layoffs were applied as a result of an outsourcing contract to reduce costs.

La Crosse Tribune, Employee gardens cultivate thrift, healthy eating by Mike Tighe…It probably comes as no surprise that health care institutions, including Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare and Gundersen Health System, also try to cultivate gardening interests among employees. “We wanted to be a part of efforts in the community to create opportunities for healthy eating,” Mike Brown said in explaining Mayo-Franciscan’s partnering with the Washburn Community Garden at 10th and Division streets in La Crosse.

Winona Daily News, Waste reduction: Area health systems embrace lean practices by Marcia Ratliff, Healthcare has a lot of potential for waste. Patients face waiting room times and confusing paperwork. Staff members handle more paperwork, extra medications, distant supply closets. On top of it all, it’s an expensive industry where human well-being is at stake, so there’s little room for simplicity…Mayo Clinic-Southwestern Wisconsin Timothy Johnson, CEO for the Southwest Wisconsin region of Mayo Clinic Health System, said the strategy at Mayo is similar to the others—effective tools only accomplish goals when they’re accompanied by effective management.

KIMT, Improving local healthcare by Adam Sallet, Two local companies that specialize in healthcare will now be expanding their partnership. Earlier this week, South Country Health Alliance announced a new collaboration with Mayo Clinic Health Systems. What this means for patients actually comes in three parts. “Improve the experience of care for patients, improve the quality of care we are delivering and number three to try to increase or improve affordability of healthcare,” Dr. Rob Stroebel Associate Medical Director of Mayo Clinic’s Midwest Office of Population Health said.

Yahoo! Health, Questions Swirl Around the Procedure That Led to Joan Rivers' Death by Beth Greenfield…“With the elderly—unlike with kids—there aren’t specific milestones at specific ages,” Dr. John Abenstein, president-elect of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, told Yahoo Health. “I can have a 50-year-old patient, for example, who is physiologically older than an 80-year-old.” Abenstein, who practices anesthesiology at an outpatient clinic that’s affiliated with the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, said he routinely takes care of patients 90 and older, and that doing so is common at outpatient centers across the country. “It can be done safely under many circumstances,” he noted, adding that what’s most important is assessing a patient’s underlying health status, functional status, medical history, and the risk factors of the procedure itself.

Post-Bulletin, Rochester legislative candidates cautious on Zip Rail by Heather Carlson, A proposal for a high-speed rail line from Rochester to the Twin Cities is being met with skepticism from some Rochester legislative candidates.…But the effort to bring a high-speed rail line has the strong support of the city of Rochester, Olmsted County, Mayo Clinic and the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce. The four entities partnered in 2008 to form the Southern Minnesota Rail Alliance to push for Zip Rail.

Post-Bulletin, Budget housing hard to find by Rachel Leingang…The county's projected need for affordable housing is huge, and Lueders' agency is one of the major players in helping to address that need.…The Greater Minnesota Housing Fund is in the process of creating a housing plan, and city and county officials said they will work with nonprofits and private businesses to address the need, similar to the 1999 effort involving Mayo Clinic and the Rochester Area Foundation. At that time, Mayo gave $7 million for housing, and money was provided by Greater Minnesota Housing Fund and Rochester Area Foundation as well.

Albert Lea Tribune, Albert Lea native stayed positive, strong while beating cancer by Colleen Harrison, On Sept. 28, 2013, one of Katy Zuehl’s worst fears was realized. At the age of 31 she was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma, more commonly referred to as breast cancer.… She opted to go to Mayo Clinic Health System of Rochester for treatment, as she had heard of its nationally renowned cancer treatment center. According to both Zuehl and her mother, Kathy Aase, Mayo Clinic was very thorough in presenting them with not only options but other research and statistics so that they could feel more comfortable making an educated and informed decision.

Arizona Republic, Concussions often go undiagnosed by David Dodick, M.D., neurologist, Mayo Clinic in Arizona, Question: Why all the attention on concussions? Answer: Reported sports-related concussions top 3.8 million annually. Yet most go undiagnosed because athletes may not recognize or report symptoms. And most concussions don't involve a loss of consciousness.

Reuters, Smoke-free building policies cut indoor exposure: study by Janice Neumann, Apartment dwellers who don’t smoke still can’t escape second-hand smoke completely, but in smoke-free buildings exposure to the tiny particles in cigarette smoke may be cut by half or more, according to a new study…Dr. David Warner, a pediatric anesthesiologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, who was not involved in the study, said the findings were impressive because they showed the effects of secondhand smoke in a real-life setting.

Waseca County News, Men’s health: Learn more about prostate cancer by Dr. Joe Lee, Mayo Clinic Health System urologist, September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, an ideal time to learn more about one of the most common cancers in men. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 230,000 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed and nearly 30,000 deaths will occur in 2014. Developing a better understanding of the disease is key to reducing your risk and identifying red flags early on. Additional coverage: Mankato Free Press

MinnPost, Quality-of-life deficits before cancer surgery linked to higher risk of complications  by Susan Perry…“Quality of life matters,” said lead author Dr. Juliane Bingener, a gastroenterologic surgeon at the Mayo Clinic, in a phone interview Wednesday with MinnPost. “It’s not the only thing, and it’s probably not the most important thing in predicting post-operative complications. But it does matter.”

KPHO Arizona, Scottsdale Mayo Clinic is on the cutting edge…Dakota was 4 years old when she found out she had ALL or Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. She is cancer free now. The Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale is starting clinical trials for adult ALL, a form of blood cancer. Dr. Jose Leis is interviewed.

Zocalo Salitillo, Recomiendan a mujeres consumir ácido fólico para evitar espina bífida, La Academia Americana de Pediatría recomendó a todas las mujeres capaces de embarazarse consumir 400 microgramos diarios de ácido fólico, para prevenir los defectos del tubo neural, entre ellos la espina bífida, en sus bebés. Norman Davies, especialista en medicina materno-fetal en Mayo Clinic, indicó que la genética claramente desempeña una función importante en estos casos, de manera que las parejas que han tenido un hijo con defecto del tubo neural tienen un riesgo ligeramente mayor de tener otro con el mismo defecto. Additional coverage: Pan y Circo,, La Cronica de Hoy

Polvision, Agnes Rapacz, who is a Mayo kidney transplant patient who competes in the Transplant Games, is interviewed (Polish-speaking TV station based in Chicago)

Daily Mail UK, Mom hits out at bar for telling her to stop breastfeeding after she was refused service for nursing baby while drinking BEER…There is no medical consensus on whether women should or should not drink while breastfeeding. While the Mayo Clinic is against doing so, the American Academy of Pediatrics has approved the use of alcohol in breastfeeding mothers.

Post-Bulletin, Veterans Roundtable to address Mayo Clinic nurses during WWII by Tom Weber, Rose Bayuk, Katharine Bilodeau and Adam Holland will be the speakers…Holland, a nursing administrative specialist at Mayo, will talk about Mayo nurses on the home front, the Mayo-affiliated nursing schools and the Cadet Nurse Corps, the wartime nursing shortage in Rochester hospitals and Mayo nurses serving overseas during the war.

Chicago Tribune, GI symptoms that come on quickly not necessarily cause for concern by Sarah Umar, M.D., Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, Ariz., DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am 44 and in good health. Two weeks ago, I became very ill (bloody diarrhea and severe abdominal cramping for three days) after eating at a restaurant. The stool samples did not show any sign of food-borne disease, and I was told my symptoms were probably the result of a virus. I'm concerned that it could be something more serious. Should I request further testing?

Newsweek, Is Cancer Lurking in Your Toothpaste? (And Your Soap? And Your Lipstick?) by Alexander Nazaryan…The possible culprit is the germicide triclosan, found in Colgate Total, the widely-used brand manufactured by Colgate-Palmolive.…“Triclosan isn't an essential ingredient in many products,” writes Dr. James M. Steckelberg of the Mayo Clinic. “While triclosan added to toothpaste has been shown to help prevent gingivitis, there's no evidence that antibacterial soaps and body washes containing triclosan provide any extra benefits, according to the Food and Drug Administration.”

Chicago Tribune, Family history boosts risk of kidney stones, but preventive steps can help by Amy Krambeck, M.D., Urology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My family has a history of kidney stones, and I'd like to prevent them if possible. What should I do to keep from getting kidney stones? Are there foods or drinks I should avoid?

PBS, Consider This with Cathy Wyatt (Omaha), In January, Mason Essy returned to Kansas City after receiving a heart and liver transplant at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. He said his life was saved by Americans when he was allowed to come here from Togo and saved again by his donor and medical team. Him and his wife were worried about how they would afford the travel to Minnesota…They are so grateful to Angel Flight Central.

KMSP, Isaac Kolstad attends MSU-Mankato football season opener, The Minnesota State University Mavericks football team is kicking off their 2014 season at home with an unusual yard marker, but the number 22 means more to this community than field goal range…The 2013 grad was severely assaulted in downtown Mankato on May 11, and originally, his prognosis was dismal. Statistics predicted a 3 percent chance of survival, and while his cognitive skills have a long journey ahead, he recently returned to Mankato and walked on his own through the door to visit his old coworkers at Fastenal, and he had an appointment at the Mayo Clinic Health System-Mankato at the end of August.

Janesville Argus, Mayo Clinic Health System invites children and teens to grief support camp in Waterville, Mayo Clinic Health System hospice is hosting Camp Oz on Saturday, Oct. 5 at Camp Omega in Waterville to help support children and teens who have experienced the loss of loved ones. “Camp Oz is a day-long grief camp for children and teens, ages 6 to 18, who have experienced the death of someone in their life,” says Jeanne Atkinson, Mayo Clinic Health System bereavement coordinator.

TIME, 5 Reasons to Love Bananas by Rachel Swalin…You’ve probably heard of probiotics, the “good” bacteria that aid digestion and are found in certain foods like yogurt. Well, there’s also such a thing as prebiotics, and bananas happen to be a great source of them. Prebiotics are actually carbohydrates that can’t be digested by the human body, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Red Wing Republican Eagle, Senior housing construction project to break ground this month, A new Lake City senior living community will break ground this month.…“We’re excited to have been part of the planning process to help bring these much-needed services to our community,” Dr. Tom Witt, president and CEO of Mayo Clinic Health System in Cannon Falls, Lake City and Red Wing, said in a news release. “Even though this won’t be a Mayo Clinic facility or operation, we will work collaboratively with the developers to provide care to the residents.”

Log Cabin Democrat, Mayo Clinic Film Premiere at the Library, The Faulkner County Library presents the Arkansas Premiere of a film by the Mayo Clinic: “The Real Moonlight Graham: A Life Well Lived,” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 11. This original documentary film profiles Dr. Archibald “Moonlight” Graham, an intriguing character from Field of Dreams and a beloved physician in Chisholm, Minn., who had important connections to the Mayo Clinic.

WQOW Eau Claire, As challenge raises awareness for ALS, disease hits close to home for some by Jesse Yang, It's the challenge that's taken the social media world by storm. We're of course talking about the ice bucket challenge. The goal? Raise money and awareness for ALS.  The ALS Ice Bucket Challenges are more than just a braving stunt. Dr. Timothy Young, a neurologist at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, said, "ALS stands for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. It's a neuromuscular disease that spreads from limb to limb. The primary symptom is mainly weakness, a progressively slow weakness." 

BBC Mundo, Por qué es mejor esperar dos años entre embarazos, La duquesa de Cambridge, Kate Middleton, está embarazada de nuevo, unos 13 meses después de dar a luz a su primer hijo. Pero, ¿es recomendable que pase tan poco tiempo entre dos embarazos?…El embarazo y la lactancia pueden disminuir el suministro de hierro y ácido fólico del cuerpo que son nutrientes importantes para la madre y el bebé, dice la clínica británica de fertilización, Mayo Clinic.

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